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Admissions Handbook
2011 Entry

Research Degree Programmes

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (Research Degree and Professional Doctorate Programmes) City University of Hong Kong Tat Chee Avenue Kowloon Hong Kong Enquiries: Tel Fax Email Website

: (852) 3442-9076 : (852) 3442-0332 : sg@cityu.edu.hk : http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs

August 2010 The information contained in this Handbook is correct at the time of printing in August 2010. Please note that there may be changes to the information from time to time without prior notification. Applicants may contact the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies if they have any queries. This Handbook is provided for information and to facilitate research degree applications and does not form part of a contract between any person and the University.

Contents
1 INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................................... 1 1.1 City University of Hong Kong ........................................................................................ 1 1.2 Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies................................................................. 1 ADMISSIONS ............................................................................................................................. 3 2.1 Entrance Requirements ................................................................................................... 3 2.2 English Proficiency Requirements .................................................................................. 3 2.3 Application Period .......................................................................................................... 5 2.4 Application Procedures ................................................................................................... 5 2.5 Funding Sources of Support for Research Studies.......................................................... 6 2.6 Application Fee ............................................................................................................... 7 2.7 Use of Application Information ...................................................................................... 7 2.8 Change of Contact Information after Submission of Application .................................. 7 2.9 Applicants with Physical or Other Disabilities ............................................................... 8 2.10 Enrolment........................................................................................................................ 8 2.11 Enquiries ......................................................................................................................... 8 RESEARCH AREAS FOR MPHIL/PHD PROGRAMMES ...................................................... 9 RESEARCH DEGREE PROGRAMMES ................................................................................... 16 4.1 Programme Aims and Structure ...................................................................................... 16 4.2 Study Period and Residence Requirement ...................................................................... 16 4.3 Report Submission .......................................................................................................... 17 4.4 Medium of Instruction/Assessment and Thesis Presentation ......................................... 17 4.5 Award of MPhil/PhD Degree.......................................................................................... 18 4.6 Recognition of Academic Performance .......................................................................... 18 FINANCIAL AWARDS/ASSISTANCE .................................................................................... 19 5.1 Postgraduate Studentship ................................................................................................ 19 5.2 Research Tuition Scholarship ......................................................................................... 19 5.3 Conference Grant ............................................................................................................ 20 5.4 Research Activities Fund ................................................................................................ 20 5.5 Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Scholarships ........................................... 20 5.6 Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships ............................ 20 5.7 CityU Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies IBM Research Fellowships ......... 20 5.8 Government Grants and Loans and External Financial Awards/Assistance................... 21 FEES FOR 2011-2012 ................................................................................................................. 22 STUDENT ACCOMMODATION AND SUPPORT TO STUDENTS’ STUDIES ................... 23 7.1 Student Accommodation................................................................................................. 23 7.2 Student Development Services ....................................................................................... 23 INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS FROM OVERSEAS AND THE CHINESE MAINLAND ................................................................................................................................ 24 8.1 Definition of Non-local Applicants ................................................................................ 24 8.2 Student Visa/Entry Permit .............................................................................................. 24 8.3 Personal Accident and Medical Insurance / Travel Insurance 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Appendix 1: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences ............................................................................................. 25 Appendix 2: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Creative Media ........................................................................................................................ 26 Appendix 3: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Energy and Environment ......................................................................................................... 28 Appendix 4: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Law .......................................................................................................................................... 29 Appendix 5: Research Degree Programme Structure of the College of Business .................................... 32

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INTRODUCTION
City University of Hong Kong

Established in 1984, City University of Hong Kong is a modern, hi-tech institution committed to providing a quality learning environment for its students and the community. The University currently has a student enrolment of over 17,000 (excluding sub-degree students), of which over 5,700 are postgraduates. Its programmes provide a wide range of learning opportunities from undergraduate and postgraduate studies to continuing education. For more information about the University and its academic and supporting units, please visit our website (http://www.cityu.edu.hk) The University provides a modern teaching and learning environment with the latest design in educational technology to support quality teaching and research activities. Moreover, a wide range of facilities and services are provided to support students’ studies and recreational activities. Students’ halls (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/) are also available on campus to provide students with residential accommodation and an avenue for academic and cultural exchange. The University also has an official postgraduate student body, namely, CityU Postgraduate Association, with its membership covering both research and taught postgraduate students. The Association serves as a communication channel between postgraduate students and the University. More information about the Association is available at: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/cupa.

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Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies

Postgraduate education facilitates the advancement of knowledge and provides high-level academic education and professional training to cater for the society’s needs. The University continuously strives to promote this important area of postgraduate education. Taught postgraduate programmes are offered for different professional needs. On the research study side, diverse areas of study are provided to suit individuals’ research interests. To provide a better focus for the further development of its postgraduate programmes, the University established the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) in 1994. SGS coordinates and offers strategic direction to the University’s taught and research postgraduate provision. The School aims to provide better coordination and strategic direction to ensure the continued development of postgraduate studies at the University. The School is committed to providing an environment conducive to learning for postgraduate students. Its principal role is to facilitate the educational experience of its postgraduate students. The School received a generous donation from Dr Chow Yei Ching, and was named the "Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies" in 2006. Mission of SGS The mission of SGS is to promote excellence in postgraduate education and ensure consistency and high standards across the University. Sharing responsibility for postgraduate studies with departments, colleges and schools, and operating through a system of collegial governance, consultation and leadership, SGS defines and administers university-wide regulations for postgraduate education.

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SGS also provides expertise, advice and information; oversees the design and delivery of programmes; organizes reviews and develops performance standards; supports diversity, equity, fairness, and ethical conduct in postgraduate education; organizes services and financial assistance to postgraduate students; encourages a close and positive relationship between research and graduate training; and represents the foundation of postgraduate education at CityU in the wider academic and general community. Administrative Structure of SGS The Dean and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies oversee the School and the coordination and management of postgraduate education within the University. They provide academic guidance for programme development, planning and decision making in the School. As Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies, the Dean of Graduate Studies plays a role in managing the quality of postgraduate programmes. The School Secretary and a team of administrative staff provides overall administrative support for postgraduate studies, including student admissions and student financial support; study and research progress, examinations and graduation; student forums and workshops; research conferences and seminars; student statistics as well as publications relating to postgraduate studies. Governance, Leadership and Quality A Board of Graduate Studies was established to review and make recommendations on the Academic Regulations, rules and procedures governing all postgraduate programmes and studies. It has a role to develop, implement, monitor and review policy pertaining to postgraduate work. The Board of Graduate Studies reports to Senate on matters relating to postgraduate teaching and learning. There are two sub-committees under the Board of Graduate Studies, namely the Committee on Taught Postgraduate Programmes (CTPP) and the Committee on Research Degrees Candidature (CRDC). The CTPP oversees matters related to taught postgraduate programmes as assigned by the Board of Graduate Studies, while the CRDC oversees the admission, supervision, progress and examination of candidates for the MPhil, PhD and professional doctorates.

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ADMISSIONS
Entrance Requirements

1. Applicants seeking admission to a research degree programme should satisfy the following minimum entrance requirements: (a) Master of Philosophy (MPhil) ? hold a relevant bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.

(b) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) ? ? ? ? be a current MPhil student in the University who seeks transfer to PhD candidature; or hold a higher degree by research (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or hold a taught Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university; or hold a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.

2. Equivalent qualifications mentioned above include relevant professional qualifications or other scholarly achievements recognised by the University. 3. In addition to the above, individual Departments and Schools may prescribe further entrance requirements.

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English Proficiency Requirements

1. Applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified by both the University and individual Colleges and Schools. The University’s minimum English proficiency requirement for research degree programmes is 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computerbased test) or 79 (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR an overall band score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Equivalent qualifications are also acceptable.

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2. In addition to the University’s requirement as given above, individual Colleges and Schools have set a higher standard, or equivalent acceptable qualifications, suitable for their disciplines as follows: (a) College of Business ? a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 92 (internet-based); or ? other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 92 (internet-based). (b) College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences ? a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based); or ? an overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS with 6 in any skill; or ? band 6 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test; or ? other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). (Please note that individual Departments in the College may adopt a higher standard.) (c) College of Science and Engineering ? a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based); or ? band 6 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test; or ? other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). (Please note that individual Departments in the College may adopt a higher standard.) (d) School of Creative Media ? a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based); or ? band 6 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test; or ? a minimum IELTS score of 6.5; or ? other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). (e) School of Energy and Environment ? a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based); or ? band 6 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test; or ? a minimum IELTS score of 6.5; or ? other test scores that may be regarded as equivalent to TOEFL 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based). (f) School of Law ? a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (internet-based); or ? a minimum overall band score of 7 in IELTS; or ? a score of 490 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test Band 6. (The School has stipulated a validity period of three years for results of the above tests. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the three years preceding their application.)
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Application Period

1. Applications are accepted throughout the year and will be considered in two rounds annually. The application deadlines for 2011 are as follows: Admission Round 1st Round 2nd Round Application Deadline 31 January 2011 30 April 2011 Announcement of Results Early April 2011 Early July 2011

2. Applications submitted after the application deadline will normally be considered in the next admission round. 3. Final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students who are expected to complete their studies in 2011 can also apply in the above two admissions rounds; a conditional offer may be granted to suitable applicants.

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Application Procedures

1. Applications for admission should be made online at our website (http://www.cityu.edu.hk). 2. Applicants are required to upload the following documents through the online application system: (a) completed application form (online through the Web); and (b) application fee payment (see “Application Fee”); and (c) a photocopy of the following supporting documents: (i) official certificates and transcripts of academic qualifications (Certificates and transcripts that are not in English should be accompanied by a formal certified translation in English.) [Applicants who obtained degrees from institutions that gave degree classification and/or grade point average but are not shown in the certificate or transcript are required to also send copies of any other official documents that indicate their formal degree classification or grade point average.] certificates of professional qualifications, if applicable (Certificates that are not in English should be accompanied by a formal certified translation in English.) (in support of the applicant’s publication record, if applicable) the front page of the papers (for papers that have been published) or the letter of acceptance (for papers that have been accepted for publication). [Applicants to the School of Law must also submit a self-assessment (of not more than 400 words) of their publications together with full copies of their best three publications. Where any publication so submitted is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by an abstract in English.] international English language test results, if applicable (see page 4). [For TOEFL results, applicants may send in a copy of their score record or arrange with
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the TOEFL service centre to send the record directly to the University (Institution Code: 3401).] (v) For applicants applying for admission to the following College/School, a research proposal with clear objectives and proposed methodology is required. Please refer to the respective guidelines for preparing a research proposal given in Appendices 1, 2, 3 and 4: ? College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences ? School of Creative Media ? School of Energy and Environment ? School of Law

3. Applicants are also required to nominate two academic referees who can comment on their academic performances (proposed supervisor and persons from non-academic circles are normally not acceptable as academic referees). Please send the Referee’s Report Form (available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/) to the referees and invite them to complete the form and return it directly to the School under confidential cover. 4. 5. Please note that incomplete submission may delay the processing of the application. Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their proposed research area with the relevant coordinator (see page 14) before submitting an application. To facilitate verification of academic qualifications, students admitted onto research degree programmes may be required to arrange for the relevant institutions to send the University an original copy of their official transcript for the bachelor’s and/or postgraduate degree(s) they have obtained. CityU staff seeking admission to a research degree programme should follow the normal admission procedures. Full-time academic staff, Teaching Fellows and Instructors of the University are not allowed to pursue a research degree in their own Department/School under the supervision of colleagues from the same Department/School.

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Funding Sources of Support for Research Studies

Research studies can be undertaken on a government-funded or a self-financing basis, subject to their availability of student quota and funding. Qualified full-time candidates admitted to a research degree programme will be considered for postgraduate studentship supported by government fund or external funds. The application procedures, entrance and English proficiency requirements, and programme requirements for these two types of students are the same. Applicants should indicate their intention to pursue government-funded or self-financing studies in their application form. Tuition fee levels and entitlement to financial awards and services are different for these two types of students, reflecting the different sources of funding. Government-funded students are required to pay tuition fees at a rate set by the government. Quotas for government-funded places for each university in Hong Kong are also set by the government. As self-financing places are not subsidised, these students are required to pay a higher level of tuition fees. In addition, self-financing students are not eligible to apply for financial awards (e.g. postgraduate studentships, research tuition scholarships, conference grants, etc.) financed by government funds.
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Applicants who have not obtained a research master’s degree before admission are admitted for direct entry to 4-year PhD studies. The funding support can be on UGC-funded basis, selffinancing basis, or a combination of both. Applicants are advised to contact the Department/School concerned for details of financial arrangements.

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Application Fee An application fee of HK$200 will be charged for online application, which is non-refundable. Settlement of the application fee shall be made via online credit card payment. Please note that applications will not be processed if the payment of the application fee has not been settled.

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Use of Application Information

1. The information provided in the application form will be used for the following purposes: (a) as a basis for various types of processing in relation to your application; (b) as a basis for selection of applicants for admission to research degree programmes offered by the University and for other relevant or related purposes; (c) for identifying multiple applications and checking records of academic/professional qualifications with the parties concerned; (d) for transferring information to the student records system of the University, if and when the application is successful. 2. For non-local candidates who need to apply for a student visa/an entry permit for the purpose of studying in Hong Kong, a copy of their academic transcripts and certificates may be sent, on request, to the parties concerned for processing the visa/entry permit application. 3. Any false information and misrepresentation will result in disqualification of the applicant for admission to the University. 4. In accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, applicants have the right to access all personal information relevant to their application and the right to correct the personal information contained in the application form. To obtain more details about this, please write to the School.

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Change of Contact Information after Submission of Application

Please inform the School immediately in writing or through e-mail (sg@cityu.edu.hk) of any changes to your correspondence address and contact phone number during the application period. In the notification, please state clearly your name and application/on-line form reference number.

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Applicants with Physical or Other Disabilities

The admission of an applicant to a programme is based on academic criteria and any other entrance requirements specified by individual Departments and Schools. Applicants with physical or other disabilities can choose not to declare their disability at the application stage. Such applicants, however, are advised to select programmes with which they are physically able to cope. If they have any queries in this regard or wish to have information on facilities available for people with disabilities generally, they should consult the relevant coordinator (see page 14).

2.10 Enrolment 1. Applicants on being informed of acceptance must pay the required fees and register in person with the School within the prescribed period. Those who fail to do so will be deemed to have declined the offer. 2. Upon registration, students are required to produce for verification the original copy of the supporting documents for qualifications claimed in the application form. 3. The commencement date of candidature is normally the first day of September or January to fit with the beginning of a semester. The School may approve other starting dates, which will be the first day of a month, if so recommended by the supervisor. 4. Non-local students should seek the advice of their supervisors regarding the commencement date of studies immediately after the approval of their visa/entry permit application, and inform the School of the recommended commencement date as soon as possible. 5. Students are not allowed to register simultaneously in another programme of study in the University or in any other institution without the prior permission of the School. This also applies to students who are interrupting their studies or on study leave. 6. Full-time students are not allowed to undertake full-time jobs without the prior approval of the School.

2.11 Enquiries For further information, please contact the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies: Telephone: Fax: E-mail: Website: By mail: (852) 3442-9076 (852) 3442-0332 sg@cityu.edu.hk http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/rpg/admission Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies (Research Degree and Professional Doctorate Programmes) City University of Hong Kong Tat Chee Avenue Kowloon Hong Kong

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RESEARCH AREAS FOR MPHIL/PHD PROGRAMMES

The University offers research degree studies in a wide range of research areas including the following: Administrative and Policy Sciences The field of Administrative and Policy Sciences (APS) has established excellence at an internationally competitive level in the University. APS researchers work in the areas of governance, public and social policy, personal and social services, public management, applied ethics, regional/international studies and social research. Established expertise, much of it at the cutting edge of the field, lies in a range of applied policy and social scientific areas and themes: labor, health care, education, transport, public finance, personnel management, government/political reforms, central-local relations, civil society, community and social development, gender, family, youth and aging, ethnicity, and crime and criminal justice. Focused on Hong Kong and the region (Hong Kong and Greater China, East and Southeast Asia), APS research is both empirically oriented and theoretically informed. APS researchers are involved in vigorous collaborations with some of the best researchers from the region, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States.

Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Management The Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management aspires to provide infrastructural support to the growing manufacturing industries in the Asia-Pacific region by supplying highly skilled professionals, research facilities and technical support to all aspect of modern manufacturing processes. As the type of products as well as the manufacturing processes continue to shift and move into high technology sectors, MEEM is changing and expanding its research portfolio to meet the current and future needs. The advanced manufacturing technology and management area focuses mainly on the following: advanced surface coating; advanced material processing; tribology and wear; optical sensing and nano-metrology; compensatory control of machine tools; design for manufacture and assembly; CAD/CAM application; non-destructive testing; ergonomics and human factors; quality inspection; condition monitoring and fault diagnosis; advanced robotics, biotechnology and automation; machine vision; RFID technology; mechatronics; embedded systems; smart engineering asset management; rapid prototyping and reverse engineering design; virtual manufacturing; global manufacturing and product development; production modeling and scheduling methodologies; environmental management and green manufacturing; quality and reliability management; factory performance analysis; occupational health and safety management; conflict management; experiential and activity-based learning in industrial engineering; organizational learning in manufacturing; project management; and re-structuring of Hong Kong manufacturing industries.

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The applied mathematics area focuses mainly on the following: asymptotics and perturbation methods; complexity theory; control and system theory; dynamical system; fluid mechanics; granular materials; learning theory; mathematical finance; modeling of new materials; nonlinear
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elasticity; linear and nonlinear waves; numerical analysis; partial differential equations; scientific computation; plate and shell theory; stochastic analysis; and wave propagation.

Built Environment Wind, water, fire, earthquake, disasters and collapses; building maintenance, construction, machineries, energy, day lighting, indoor air quality, health and safety; construction management, disputes, economy, contracts, law and regulations; building structures and construction materials; town planning, regional air quality, computational fluid dynamics; tunneling, foundations, slopes and geotechnics; intelligent and green buildings, indoor air quality; mechanics, nano-mechanics and simulation; bridges, roads and rail; transportation, evacuation, GPS, GIS; design, computer drafting, electronic submission; housing and real estates, finance and management.

Chinese and Comparative Law The Chinese and comparative law area focuses mainly on the following: comparative law theory and practice, constitutional and administrative law, human rights, socio-legal studies, economic analysis of law, civil and commercial law, foreign investment and trade law, cross-border legal issues, banking law, international law, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, law of torts, law of contract, environmental and planning law, criminal law and criminal justice, professional legal studies. A vigorous and cooperative research culture provides a platform for creation, exchange, discussion and debate of ideas and perspectives on Chinese and comparative law. The focus is on both theoretical and practical aspects of legal research and emphasizes studies in global issues from a Chinese and Asian perspective and with an interdisciplinary focus. Research output is disseminated in Greater China and overseas.

Computer Science and Digital Media The Department of Computer Science (CS) has established and maintained an excellent record in publishing original research results and developing high quality applied research deliverables in the last few years. In addition, the Department also works together with the School of Creative Media (SCM) since certain research interests are developed and overlapped to an extent. The computer science and digital media area focuses mainly on the following: (1) Multimedia Technology, Pattern Recognition, Video and Image Computing: Image, Video and 3D Model Retrieval; Statistical Deformable Models; Intelligent Systems, Video Encoding; Medical Imaging; (2) Distributed Mobile Computing and Wireless Networking: Distributed Algorithms; P2P Systems; Computer Communications; Internetworking; Network Protocols; Mobile Computing; Wireless Networks; Wireless Sensor Networks; WDM Optical Networks; Network Security; (3) Applied Algorithms: Bioinformatics; Computational Geometry; Data and Internet Security; Equilibrium Algorithms; Scheduling; (4) Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge and Data Management: AI Search; Optimization; Evolutionary Computing; Constraint Programming; Machine Learning; Text Mining; Information Retrieval; Semantic Object Modeling; (Web) Data Mining and Warehousing; Mobile/Multimedia Data Indexing and Caching; XML and Interoperability; Workflow and Web Services; (5) Systems, Software Engineering and Internet Applications: Embedded System; Parallel Architecture; Real-time
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Systems; Software Engineering; E-commerce; E-learning; Innovative Technology for Education; (6) Digital Media: Ambient Intelligence; Digital Sound Applications; Electronic Art; Art/Multimodal Interface; Interactive Media; and (7) Critical Media Arts: History/Theory of New Media; Film/Animation/Game Studies.

E-Business and Internet Marketing This area deals mainly with business models, processes and systems enabled by Web-based technologies. It is concerned essentially with marketing, management and socio-technical issues surrounding the application of web-based technologies in business and organizations for improving efficiency, effectiveness, and competitiveness. This area is composed of three interrelated sub-domains: (1) Internet Business Systems (e.g. customer relation management systems, enterprise resource planning systems); (2) Enterprise Collaboration (e.g. virtual communities, inter-organizational systems); and (3) Electronic Commerce (e.g. online shop, Internet marketing). Internet marketing in particular deals with the processes of growing and promoting businesses using online media, and tackles issues such as search engine marketing and interactive advertising. Special attention is placed on E-Business and Internet marketing issues in the Greater China region where potential for research and applications are enormous.

Electronic Engineering The electronic engineering area focuses mainly on the following: (1) Communication Engineering: Wireless communications; Computational electromagnetics; Antennas; Radio frequency circuits and systems; Optical communications; Digital communications; Mobile communications; Signal processing; Information and Coding; (2) Electronic Devices and Systems: Microwave and millimeter-wave materials, devices, components and systems; Integrated optics; Optical fiber devices and sensors; Semiconductor devices; Microelectronics; Advanced electronics manufacturing technology; Power electronics; Lighting devices and systems; Testing and reliability; (3) Intelligent Systems: Machine learning; Neural Networks; Evolutionary computing; Computer vision; Pattern recognition; Bioinformatics; (4) Multimedia Technology: Image and video processing; Speech and audio processing; Computer graphics; Digital right management; (5) Computer Networks and Systems: Broadband networks; Network protocols; Network security and cryptographic algorithms; Wireless networks; Teletraffic engineering; Computer architecture; Embedded systems; Database systems; and (6) Control and System Engineering: Automatic control; Networked control; Robotics; Chaos and nonlinear control; Complex networks.

Environmental Science Environmental science is the application of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics to the studies of the atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic environments. Our research areas in environmental sciences include a diversity of topics: marine ecology and conservation, with a strong focus on coastal and mangrove ecosystems; renewable energy, energy storage and management, energy efficiency and conservation, environmental physiology; ecotoxicology; environmental biotechnology; environmental chemistry; environmental physics; environmental monitoring; environmental measurement; remediation technologies; environmental impact and risk assessment; green chemistry, climate change, air pollution, green materials/manufacturing, chemical biology and sustainable development. Many of these studies are multidisciplinary and directed towards the development of government policies to support environmental and especially marine conservation.
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International Economics, Corporate Governance, Accounting and Finance This area of research spans over some major fields in economics, corporate governance, accounting and finance. For International Economics, it covers a wide scope of issues and topics, ranging from free trade vs. protectionism to human and physical capital mobility; from WTO to exchange rates; from FDI to migration; from intellectual property protection to regional development and growth, just to name a few. As for Corporate Governance, Accounting and Finance, the research focuses on the corporate landscape issues in Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and other Asian Pacific countries. Using capital market data, the research more specifically examines the interrelationships between corporate governance, financial disclosure and reporting, ownership structure and corporate performance, family firms, legal and regulatory environment and accounting quality, earnings quality, compensation and earnings management, economic consequences of accounting choices, audit pricing, auditor switch, audit opinion, auditor reputation and specialization, the impact of accounting information on securities markets, international dimensions of accounting and financial management, international comparison of accounting and auditing practices, dividend and debt policies.

Knowledge and Innovation Management The focus of this area is on the management of innovation and knowledge for business decision making and organizational competitiveness, particularly in the Asian context. Research issues in this area are complex and cross-functional, calling for an interdisciplinary research approach. The research area spreads across the disciplines of information systems, management, management sciences, marketing and economics. Examples of specific problem areas researchers in this group address include (among others) knowledge-based logistics and transportation management; knowledge/information systems design, adoption and security; methodologies and models for transforming data into information/knowledge aiding management decisions; product innovation management and strategy; impact of knowledge and innovation management; and the human, economic and marketing aspects of knowledge and innovation. Research in this area often involves a cross-cultural perspective.

Linguistics and Communication Research in the area of Linguistics and Communication encompasses three Departments – Chinese, Translation and Linguistics; English; and Media and Communication. Research fields in linguistics include such applications of linguistics and language technology as machine translation, corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, speech analysis, language and law, computer assisted language learning and forensic phonetics, as well as studies in syntax, semantics, pragmatics, terminology, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, first and second language acquisition, translation and interpretation, Chinese and English for creative and professional purposes (with particular focus on such areas as business, law, medicine, cultural industries and education), computer-mediated discourse, the English language and intercultural communication, world Englishes and English as a second language. The area also includes the fields of comparative cultural studies, comparative literature and cultural and heritage management. Research fields in media and communication studies include the structures, processes, content and effects of various modes of media communication in relation to their larger political, economic, technological and cultural contexts – for example, adoption and use of the Internet, global news and comparative journalism, political economy of communication,
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determinants of news selection, online games and social capital, media and social change, media globalization, inter-cultural communication, computer-mediated communication and cyberspace piracy and regulation.

Materials Science and Engineering The materials science and engineering area focuses mainly on the following: diamond and superhard thin films; nanotechnology: nanowires, nanoribbons, nanotubes, nanocoatings, nano metal oxide particles and nanocomposites, development of devices based on nanomaterials; phase transformation of advanced material systems; display technology: organic light emitting materials and devices; materials modeling and computational tools; surface structure determination; semiconductor heterostructures and devices; electrical ceramics: ferro-, piezoand pyro-electric materials and thin films; optical coatings; electron microscopy and advanced materials characterization techniques; plasma surface modification of materials; biomaterials; microelectronic materials; electrical packaging materials; lead-free solder alloys; stainless steels; aluminium sheet metal processing; amorphous alloys; shape memory and smart materials; biomedical materials; battery materials; plastic materials; fibre composites; metal matrix composites; corrosion, impact, creep, fatigue and high strain rate deformation of materials; temperature sensors for hostile environments; fracture mechanics; finite element stress analysis; and expert systems in materials design.

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Research Degree Coordinators For more information on a specific research area or research expertise in individual Departments/Schools, please contact the Research Degree Coordinators of respective Departments/Schools:
Name of Coordinator College of Business Department of Accountancy Dr KIM Chansog Francis Tel. No. Fax No. E-mail

3442-7962 (Direct line) /3442-7760 (General enquiry line) 3442-7577/ 3442-9583

3442-0349

acckim@cityu.edu.hk

Department of Economics and Finance Department of Information Systems Department of Management Department of Management Sciences Department of Marketing

Dr Xueping WU

3442-0289

efgstudy@cityu.edu.hk

Prof Douglas VOGEL

3442-7560

3442-0370

isdoug@cityu.edu.hk

Prof Kwok LEUNG

3442-7969

3442-0367

mgkleung@cityu.edu.hk

Dr David LI

3442-7253

3442- 0189

msphd09@cityu.edu.hk

Dr Daniel DING

3442-8667

3442-0346

mkding@cityu.edu.hk

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Department of Dr Catherine CHIU Asian and International Studies Department of Applied Social Studies Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics Department of Media and Communication Department of English Prof LO Tit Wing

3442-6300

2788-8092

catherine.chiu@cityu.edu.hk

3442-8986

3442-0283

t.wing.lo@cityu.edu.hk

Dr Alex FANG

3442-8793

3442-0359

acfang@cityu.edu.hk

Prof ZHU Jian Hua Jonathan

3442-8677

3442-0228

com@cityu.edu.hk

Dr Alice Y W CHAN

3442-9752

3442-0288

enalice@cityu.edu.hk

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Department of Public and Social Administration

Prof GONG Ting (For enquiries, please contact Mr Davis Lau)

3442-9557

3442-0413

davislau2@cityu.edu.hk

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College of Science and Engineering Department of Dr Kenneth LO Biology and Chemistry Department of Building and Construction Department of Computer Science Department of Electronic Engineering Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management Department of Mathematics Department of Physics and Materials Science Dr Richard K K YUEN

2788-7231

2788-7406

bhkenlo@cityu.edu.hk

2788-7621

2788-7612

bckkyuen@cityu.edu.hk

Prof Sam KWONG

2788-8580

2788-8614

cssamk@cityu.edu.hk

Dr Wallace K S TANG

2788-7783

2788-7791

postgrad@ee.cityu.edu.hk

Dr KAMINENI Pitcheswara Rao

3442-8409

3442-0172

mekprao@cityu.edu.hk

Prof Y Y LU

3442-7436

3442-0250

mayylu@math.cityu.edu.hk

Prof R Q ZHANG

3442-7849

3442-0538

aprqz@cityu.edu.hk

School of Creative Media Dr Steve FORE School of Energy and Environment Prof Johnny CHAN School of Law Dr Frank HE

3442-8156

3442-0408

smfore@cityu.edu.hk

3442-7820

2319-5927

seedean@cityu.edu.hk

3442-7202

3442-0190

lwxin@cityu.edu.hk

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4.1 1.

RESEARCH DEGREE PROGRAMMES
Programme Aims and Structure Research degree programmes aim to provide advanced education to nurture people who can: ? ? ? contribute to the advancement of knowledge through independent and original research; demonstrate specialist subject knowledge and a high level of transferable skills, including analytical, communication and leadership skills; and enhance economic, social and cultural development.

2.

The University offers two types of research degree programmes, namely, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), which consist of both coursework and independent research studies culminating in the submission of a thesis. (a) Coursework Requirement Students are required to fulfill the following coursework requirements within their study period: MPhil: 7 credit units (including a core course of at least 2 credit units which shall be a research methodology or foundation course at postgraduate level); 14 credit units (including core course(s) of at least 4 credit units which shall include at least 2 credit units of research methodology or foundation course at postgraduate level) and 1 credit unit compulsory course: Teaching Students: First Steps (SG8001) Individual Departments and Schools may stipulate a higher credit unit requirement. Research students in the College of Business are required to take a stipulated set of taught courses. Please refer to Appendix 5 for its “Research Degree Programme Structure”. (b) Thesis An MPhil thesis should present the results of research investigation, give evidence of a sound understanding of the area of study, its context and applicability, and make a contribution to knowledge. A PhD thesis, in addition to the above, should make a substantial original contribution to knowledge in the subject area concerned.

PhD:

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Study Period and Residence Requirement Research studies can be undertaken in full-time or part-time mode. The University has stipulated the following study periods for research degree programmes, and students are required to complete their studies, including the submission of their theses, within the said periods:

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Programme of Study MPhil PhD (students who have obtained a research master’s degree before admission) PhD (students who have not obtained a research master’s degree before admission) 2.

Full-time 2 years 3 years 4 years

Part-time 4 years 6 years 8 years

Students who have special grounds for not being able to comply with the above may submit an application for an extension of their study period, together with a proposed study plan, before their original study period expires. Such cases will only be approved in exceptional circumstances. Moreover, only a maximum of two extensions can be granted, with each period not exceeding six months, irrespective of the student’s mode of study. Failure to complete the study by the end of the second extension will lead to termination of study unless there are truly extenuating circumstances. Such cases should be approved by the School. A student who is receiving regular supervision in Hong Kong or in a designated location approved by the University is classified as being in residence. The required residence period for research degree studies is equivalent to half of the relevant study period.

3.

4.3 1.

Report Submission Qualifying Report Students are required to submit a qualifying report (in English) within the specified qualifying periods as follows: Full-time students: Part-time students: within 6-12 months from commencement of study within 9-18 months from commencement of study

The qualifying report should include a survey of the relevant literature, an identification of a specific research topic, the research methodology and a discussion of the possible outcomes. 2. Annual Progress Report Students who have been permitted to continue their studies after the qualifying period are required to submit a progress report (in English) on an annual basis until they have submitted the final version of their theses for assessment.

4.4 1.

Medium of Instruction/Assessment and Thesis Presentation The normal medium of instruction and assessment at the University is English. Research students should write and present their theses in English, unless they give very strong justifications for using another language. Students with valid reasons to support using a language other than English in thesis writing may apply to the School in writing within the first six months of their studies. Applications submitted after the said period will not normally be considered.
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4.5

Award of MPhil/PhD Degree

To be recommended for the award of an MPhil or PhD degree, students must successfully complete the coursework requirements, and satisfy the examiners in respect of the thesis submitted, in an oral examination on the thesis and area of study concerned, and in any written or practical examinations as required.

4.6 1. ? ? ?

Recognition of Academic Performance Outstanding Academic Performance Award The purpose of the Outstanding Academic Performance Award for research students is to recognise students with outstanding academic performance in their research studies. All research degree students who have completed at least one full year of MPhil/PhD studies and are within their (normal) study period are eligible to apply for the award. Students will be presented a certificate of award issued by the School.

2. ?

Outstanding Research Thesis Awards Scheme The purpose of the Outstanding Research Thesis Awards Scheme is to recognise and reward research students who have produced a thesis of outstanding quality and achievement in their relevant research area. The School will identify those theses that have satisfied the award criteria and forward the cases to the relevant Department/School, which will be invited to confirm their suitability for the award. On receipt of the confirmation from the Department/School, the students concerned will be granted the award.

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5.1

FINANCIAL AWARDS/ASSISTANCE
Postgraduate Studentship (Applicable to government-funded students only)

1. The Postgraduate Studentship is granted on the basis of academic merit. Full-time research students who have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree with upper second class honours (or equivalent) or a good master’s degree before admission are eligible to apply for the Studentship. (Exemption from the above may be considered if the student has a good publication record.) 2. Eligible new full-time students will be considered for the award of the Studentship as part of their application for admission to a research degree programme. Separate applications are not required. 3. The Studentship is normally granted on a yearly basis. Continuation and renewal of the award are subject to satisfactory study progress, achievement in coursework results and performance in any academic-related duties assigned. Individual department/school may stipulate additional requirements. 4. MPhil students will normally be granted the Studentship for a maximum of two years and PhD students a maximum of three years (irrespective of their entry qualifications), and the Studentship award period should not exceed students’ stipulated study period. The Studentship rate (HK$13,100 per month for MPhil students and HK$13,440 per month for PhD students for 2010-2011) is subject to revision in September of every year, and any revision to the rate will apply to both current and new students. 5. Studentship recipients are normally required to undertake up to six hours of academic-related duties per week, as assigned by the Department/School. They shall not engage in any paid employment without the prior approval of the University.

5.2

Research Tuition Scholarship (Applicable to government-funded students only)

1. The purpose of the Research Tuition Scholarship is to recognise and reward students with outstanding academic performance. It is a meritorious award and is granted on a strictly competitive basis. 2. The Scholarship is in the form of an exemption for students from paying tuition fees. If granted a Scholarship, full-time students will be exempted from paying one year’s fees; the equivalent exemption for part-time students will be two years’ fees. Notwithstanding the above, the award period should not exceed students’ stipulated study period. 3. The Scholarship is not a cash award and cannot be held concurrently with other awards covering tuition fees. 4. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply for the Scholarship. All eligible new students will be considered for the award of the Scholarship as part of their application for admission to a research degree programme. Separate applications are not required.

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5.3

Conference Grant (Applicable to government-funded students only)

Research students can apply for conference grants for attending local and overseas conferences. The maximum value of a grant is HK$10,000.

5.4

Research Activities Fund (Applicable to government-funded students only)

Research students can apply for funding support to undertake research related activities outside Hong Kong, which are beneficial and related to their MPhil/PhD studies. The monthly allowance is HK$5,000, up to a maximum amount of HK$30,000.

5.5

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Scholarships (Applicable to government-funded students only)

The purpose of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Scholarships is to recognize and reward students with outstanding academic performance. Students who are within their normal/stipulated period of study and have undertaken their current MPhil/PhD studies for at least one full year are eligible to apply for the Scholarship. The Scholarship is a one-off cash award and the value of the award is HK$60,000. Scholarship holders are not allowed to hold the Research Tuition Scholarship concurrently.

5.6

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships (Applicable to government-funded students only)

The purpose of the Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships is to encourage outstanding international students to undertake MPhil or PhD studies at the University with a view to promoting academic exchange and enhancing the international mix of the University’s student population. The Scholarship is to cover students’ tuition and on-campus hostel accommodation fees in their first year of research studies (equivalent to approximately HK$66,000). If granted a Scholarship, the student’s full-time tuition and hostel accommodation fees in the first year of study will be off-set by the award.

5.7

CityU Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies IBM Research Fellowships (Subject to availability of funds and applicable to government-funded students only)

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The purpose of CityU Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies IBM Research Fellowships is to support outstanding PhD students to participate in the IBM Distinguished Visiting Scholar’s Program with a view to encourage students to undertake research related activities which will help broaden their scientific and personal horizons, and to enhance the University’s ties with external organizations. The IBM Distinguished Visiting Scholar’s Program is designed to provide highly talented advanced graduate students from the best universities around the globe the opportunity to broaden their training by spending three (extendable to six) months working with an IBM scientist at one of IBM’s Research Centers.
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The value of each Fellowship is HK$50,000, which is intended to subsidize the travel, accommodation and living expenses.

5.8

Government Grants and Loans and External Financial Awards/Assistance (Applicable to all students)

The Government and the University offer various kinds of grants and loans to help students who are in financial need. There are also various kinds of external financial awards and assistance granted on the basis of academic merit or financial need.

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FEES FOR 2011-2012

The following are the major fees (tentative rates for 2011-2012) for MPhil/PhD programmes. Please note that fees are subject to revision from time to time without prior notification, and any adjustments to fees will apply to both new and current students. Tuition/Continuation Fees (normally adjusted in September every year) Mode of Study Type of Fee Full-time Government-funded students: Tuition fee HK$3,508 per month HK$877 per month HK$1,754 per month HK$439 per month Non-refundable; applicable to students within their stipulated study period Non-refundable; applicable to students who have been approved for an extension of their study period Part-time Remarks

Continuation fee

Self-financing students: Tuition fee HK$7,016 per month HK$3,508 per month Non-refundable; applicable to selffinancing students throughout their entire study period

Other Fees (for all students) Mode of Study Type of Fee Full-time Membership fee for CityU Postgraduate Association (Re)Examination fee Graduation fee HK$300 Part-time HK$150 One-off payment covering a student’s entire study period Remarks

HK$1,000

Non-refundable Refundable upon study withdrawal or study termination

HK$400

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STUDENT ACCOMMODATION AND SUPPORT TO STUDENTS’ STUDIES

7.1

Student Accommodation

All research students are eligible to apply for the Student Hostel which is within a 5-minute walking distance from CityU. Full-time non-local students of government-funded progrmmes will be given a priority in student residence. Subject to room availability, a single room may be assigned to a student. Four single rooms form a self-contained flat with shared pantry, washroom and bathroom facilities. The rental charge for a single bed room is HK$2,000* (~US$256) per month. New students must apply as early as possible before the application deadline to the Student Residence Office (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/) according to CityU regulations. * subject to revision every year

7.2

Student Development Services

The Student Development Services (SDS) is committed to enriching students’ educational experience and whole person development, through lectures and training courses on counselling, career development, wellness, leadership development, inter-personal relationship, communication, and stress management.

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INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS FROM OVERSEAS AND THE CHINESE MAINLAND
Definition of Non-local Applicants

8.1

"Non-local" applicants are defined as persons entering Hong Kong for the purpose of education with a student visa/entry permit.

8.2

Student Visa/Entry Permit

Full-time students from outside Hong Kong must obtain a student visa or an entry permit to study in Hong Kong. Students admitted from overseas countries should direct their applications for a visa to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in their place of residence or to the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). As part of the application for a visa, applicants are required to nominate a Hong Kong resident aged 18 or above to act as a sponsor. Those who have difficulty in nominating a sponsor may write to the School to act in this capacity. Under the existing policy of the HKSAR Government, the University will act as a sponsor for students admitted from overseas countries and assist them in applying for a student visa to Hong Kong. In accordance with the regulations of the Immigration Department in Hong Kong, students holding a student visa/an entry permit for studying in Hong Kong are allowed to undertake parttime paid employment during their stay in Hong Kong under stipulated conditions.

8.3

Personal Accident and Medical Insurance / Travel Insurance

It is mandatory for non-local students to purchase a personal accident and medical insurance/travel insurance policy during their study period at the University. For further information, please visit the website of the Mainland and External Affairs Office at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/meao/

8.4

Mainland and External Affairs Office

The Mainland and External Affairs Office (MEAO) provides assistance and support to international/non-local students, including orientation programmes, on-arrival assistance, and pastoral care and advice on personal and learning related issues. The web site of MEAO (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/meao/) contains useful information about studying in Hong Kong and at CityU.

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Cost of Living

The cost of living in Hong Kong is generally high, but the Studentship award should be sufficient to support students’ daily living expenses. The estimated basic cost of living for a single student is around HK$9,000 per month to cover tuition fees, food, lodging and general living expenses, depending on the type of accommodation selected and level of living and personal expenses.
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Appendix 1: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Introduction It is critical that you submit your Research Proposal to an appropriate member of the College prior to making a formal application for admission into either the MPhil or PhD programme. You should seek comments on your proposal draft by discussing it with a College member in the subject closest to the topic of your research/or the College member most likely to be involved in supervision. While there are considerable differences in the approach to research among the various disciplines of the College, and prospective candidates should write in an appropriate manner for their discipline, there are some general guidelines which should be more or less adhered to.

Contents of the Research Proposal The guiding principle for a good Research Proposal is that you must have a serious question in mind that is worthy of careful, thorough research. That is, you must be able to state a proposition (or a series of related propositions) which is worthy of detailed research and analysis. The proposal should be written in English and include: (a) A clear statement of the aims of the research and why it is a worthy and/or interesting topic. (b) An outline of the research background of the topic, giving an overview of some current findings in the area, with references. From this background material it should be clear to a reader what the research problem is, and what theory, questions (hypotheses), or phenomena you wish to investigate. (c) The methods you intend to apply to the research questions. For example, how you will collect your data, who might be the appropriate respondents, whether you will use an established data base, case studies, experimental methods, questionnaires, etc. It should be clear to a reader the methodology to be used, its source, and its appropriateness for the purpose of investigation. (d) A brief summary. (e) A list of works cited in your proposal. The proposal should be around three pages and single-spaced, including a list of work cited. It is likely that, in the process of conducting your research, details of the outline will be adjusted. That is, the statement of your research topic may be refined. Please note that the University offers research degree studies in a wide range of research areas. For more information, see: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs/applicants/applicants_r.htm.

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Appendix 2: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Creative Media

Introduction To apply for admission to either the MPhil or PhD programmes at the School of Creative Media (SCM), each applicant is required to prepare a research proposal. The proposal has to be written concisely and clearly to help the SCM School Graduate Studies Committee (SGSC) make a judicious decision regarding the research project. The applicant may consider the following aspects: ? ? ? ? ? ? Research topic, objectives and definitions; Relevance to the mission of the School; The state of the art in the proposed research; Its importance to the area of creative media; Research plan; The scope of the proposed research project.

It is highly recommended that you seek comments on your proposal by discussing it with a faculty member whose expertise is closest to the topic of your research/or the faculty member most likely to be involved in supervision before finalising it.

Contents of the Research Proposal (a) Abstract A clear statement of the aims of the research and why it is a worthy and/or interesting topic. You also need to briefly define your methodology. (b) Introduction An outline of the research background of the topic should give an overview of existing literature (critical discourses and similar studies), some current findings in the area, with references, and the intended research to be proposed. Setting out the background will help you to state clearly what you consider the research problem to be, what hypotheses you wish to test, and what conceptual paradigms you want to use. (c) Literature Review A detailed list of related research (publication date, page numbers, volumes and publishers, etc.) you have read and cited, with a brief assessment. (d)
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Research Problems From the background material stated above, it should be clear to a reader what the research problem is, and what theory, questions (hypotheses), or phenomena you wish to investigate.

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(e)

Methodology You need to explain the method you intend to use in the research. It should be clear to a reader the methodology to be used, its sources, and its appropriateness for the purpose of investigation. For qualitative and critical research, the “methodology” section should also address the modeling process, theoretical debates and key concepts that would advance knowledge and inform the investigation. For example, you may describe how to model the problem, what you would do differently from the more conventional methods, approaches that might lead to a better outcome, how to collect your data, who might be the appropriate respondents, whether you will use an established data base, case studies, experimental methods, open-ended interviews, semi-overt participant observation, archival data, etc.

(f)

Relevant research experience The applicants should explain their previous research experience, if any, in relevant areas.

(g)

Bibliography/references

Length of the Research Proposal Since the School is interdisciplinary in nature, we welcome applicants with backgrounds in media art or digital-media technology. All proposals should be typed, double-spaced with 12 pt font size, and include a list of references cited. (1) Media Art: a. For the MPhil degree programme, the proposal should be around ten pages. b. For the PhD degree programme, the proposal should be around 20 pages. (2) Media Technology: a. For the MPhil degree programme, the proposal should be around four pages. b. For the PhD degree programme, the proposal should be around eight pages. The applicant should be reminded that the proposal is only the first step toward a potential research degree. After being admitted, as with most research endeavours the candidate may have to adjust the actual details in the proposed research during the course of the programme, which will be a continuous process under the guidance of his/her supervisors.

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Appendix 3: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Energy and Environment

Introduction When submitting an application to either MPhil or PhD programmes at the School of Energy and Environment, each applicant is required to enclose a research proposal. At all possible, applicant is advised to seek comments on his/her proposal by discussing it with the faculty member of the School whose expertise is closest to the topic of the research project or the faculty member is most likely to be involved in the supervision if the application is accepted.

Content of the Research Proposal The proposal should be written in English and include the following items: (a) (b) Objective(s) of the research project; Brief background of the proposed research such as an overview of some current findings in the area with references, what the research problem is, what theory, hypotheses, or phenomena you wish to investigate; Proposed research approach and methodology; and Expected outcome of the proposed research project.

(c) (d)

Length of the Research Proposal The proposal should be typed, single-spaced with 12 pt font size in no more than 2 pages and should include a list of references cited if available.

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Appendix 4: Guidelines for Preparing a Research Proposal for Graduate Studies in the School of Law

Introduction It is very important in preparing your Research Proposal for graduate studies in the School of Law that you devote time and thought to produce a sound proposal. You owe it to yourself to do justice to your planned research by presenting it thoroughly and clearly. You also need to explain to the School Graduate Studies Committee: ? ? ? Exactly what your proposal is; Why it is a good proposal; and Why it should be approved.

Think about your proposal carefully therefore. You also should seek comments on your proposal by discussing it with other people experienced in research. It is also a good idea to seek comments on your proposal in draft written form before finalizing it. Note: Due to the close relationship between research students and supervisors, it is necessary, also, for an appropriate staff member to be available to undertake the required supervision.

Contents of the Research Proposal (a) Introduction The guiding principle for a good Research Proposal is that you must have a serious question (or questions) in mind worthy of careful, thorough research. That is, you must be able to state a proposition (or a series of related propositions) worthy of detailed research and analysis. It is likely be that, in the process of conducting your research, this agenda for investigation will be adjusted. That is, the statement of your research topic may be refined. This is normal. At the outset, however, you should be able to explain your proposed research plan in terms of: ? ? ? A clear statement of the issue (or issues) to be discussed; A clear justification of why it is worthy of discussion; and A clear explanation of how you intend to conduct research and analysis on your chosen topic.

This basic explanatory material should appear at the beginning of your proposal. (b) Background You also will need to specify the research background of the topic. You should give an overview of some current findings in the area, with references. Setting out the background will help you to state clearly what you consider the research problem to be and what hypothesis you wish to test.

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(c)

Methodology You need to explain the methods you intend to use in your research. You may use a largely traditional legal research method including detailed library (and other data base) researching of primary sources (such as cases) and secondary sources (such as commentaries) in your topic area. You may need to use less traditional methods also, such as case studies, statistical analysis, questionnaires or textual analysis. You must explain clearly the methodology you will apply. This means you have to make clear what you understand the methodology to be, what it can achieve and why it is relevant to your research. For example, if you are proposing field surveys, you need to explain which group you are surveying and why and, generally, what you wish to find out from the group.

(d)

Concluding Remarks Finally, you should provide a succinct summary of your: ? Question (or questions) to be researched; ? Background to the Research; and ? Methodology in the conclusion. You may wish to explain your thesis with greater precision, at this point, in the context of the background and methodology explanations previously given.

(e)

Chapter Outline Although not mandatory, it is useful to sketch out how you plan to structure your written thesis by providing a list of chapter headings. It is often possible to give a paragraph summarizing what you expect each chapter to cover, also.

(f)

Bibliography You should attach a bibliography of those publications to which you have referred and other relevant publications you know of.

Length of Research Proposal/Checking Research Proposal There is no set length for a Research Proposal. But it should cover the matters set out above. Proposals should always be typed double-spaced and carefully checked for formal correctness (spelling, presentation, etc.). You should always have your Research Proposal carefully proof read. Failure to check the presentation thoroughly for clarity and correctness almost certainly will result in instances of distracting sloppiness in the Research Proposal. Such sloppiness always creates a poor impression in the minds of reviewers. You must put in the effort required to eliminate repetitive sloppiness.
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Prior Work If you have a good example of prior written work which you have had published, you may submit it with your research proposal.
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What Makes a Good Written Thesis A successful MPhil thesis will demonstrate the student’s mastery of the literature in a specified subject area, as well as the student’s ability to collect, analyse and interpret research data which bears on a particular problem which the prior analysis of the subject area has identified. These findings should be of publishable standard. A doctoral thesis will test more hypotheses (or explore more ideas), collect a greater range of data, will analyse these data in a more complex way, and must necessarily produce results of publishable standard. The best start to achieve this standard is a carefully prepared Research Proposal.

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Appendix 5: Research Degree Programme Structure of the College of Business [For students admitted on or after the 1st admission round, 2009]

MPhil Programme 1. Candidates enrolled in the MPhil programme are required to take four courses and complete other relevant coursework, if any, as prescribed by the Qualifying Panels, and write a thesis in Year 2. These four courses are College and University core courses, which are also taken by PhD candidates. Year 1 SG8001 Teaching Students: First Steps (1 CU, Semester A or B) FB8912 Business Research Methods (3 CU, Semester A) FB8905 Project (6 CU, Summer) FB8913 Multi-Disciplinary Research Workshop (3 CU, Semesters A and B)

Year 2

CU: credit unit 2. The above schedule of courses is catered for full-time candidates. For those pursuing parttime studies and admitted in mid-year, the schedule will need to be adjusted in consultation with their Qualifying Panels. In exceptional circumstances where candidates can demonstrate their scholarly attributes to the satisfaction of their Qualifying Panels, they can be exempted from part or all of the courses subject to approval by the College Graduate Studies Committee. Business Research Methods provides a broad overview of business research methods, enables students to understand the fundamental principles of knowledge creation in business research and builds basic research competence. During the summer preceding Year 2, candidates are required to do a Project which helps them gather momentum in writing the thesis. The Multi-Disciplinary Research Workshop in Year 2 is designed for students to understand, appreciate and resolve research issues in conducting contemporary business research. It aims to expose students to a broad range of research across different business disciplines. Each candidate is required to submit a Qualifying Report within a specified period. Subject to satisfactory performance of the candidate in coursework and in Qualifying Report as assessed by the Qualifying Panel established for the candidate, the candidature will be confirmed. Once having been confirmed the MPhil candidature, the candidate will proceed to write the thesis.

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PhD candidates will take the same College and University core courses as MPhil candidates. In addition, they have to take an extra course listed below: Year 3 FB8914 Doctoral Seminar (3 CU, Semester B)

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8.

Similarly, the above course schedule is catered for full-time candidates. For those pursuing part-time studies and admitted in mid-year, the schedule will need to be adjusted in consultation with their Qualifying Panels. In addition to the five core courses, PhD candidates also need to complete other relevant coursework, if any, as prescribed by the Qualifying Panels. In exceptional circumstances where candidates can demonstrate their scholarly attributes to the satisfaction of their Qualifying Panels, they can be exempted from part or all of the courses, subject to approval by the College Graduate Studies Committee. Doctoral Seminar is concerned with general and cross-disciplinary business research and is a research seminar for all doctoral students particularly in their 3rd year of study. Students joining this seminar are presumed to have completed significant amount of research at the doctoral level since in each week they will need to present their research to the class for indepth discussion. A primary objective is to broaden students’ perspectives in contemporary business research. It also provides opportunities for students to develop research critique and communication skills in presenting and defending their research in a rigorous and constructive manner to a multi-disciplinary audience.

9.

10. Full-time students have to sit for a Comprehensive Examination normally in the summer of Year 2, while part-timers have it later. Its objective is to test students’ knowledge of major subject areas of their research disciplines and their ability to integrate the theories and concepts learned from the taught courses, as well as in analysing cases and solving problems. The minimum duration of the Examination is 6 hours, which takes the form of two 3-hour lots. One of them must be written examination while the other can either be a take-home or oral examination.

Guidelines on Monitoring Study Progress of Students in Taught Courses 11. To monitor the study progress of research degree students in their taught courses, the following guidelines will be adopted by the College as appropriate in addition to those stipulated by the University from time to time: Cumulative GPA Recommendation (a) below 2.8 Warning letter will be issued to the student concerned (b) below 2.5 Suspension of studentship for a specified period (applicable to full-time students only)

Research Output 12. The College strongly encourages research degree students to provide evidence of scholarly work through publications which have been accepted or published by good quality journals during their candidature.

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